Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Gods in Organza: Dolce & Gabbana SS14 Menswear

Screenshot from dolcegabbana.com
There are very few of us who can say that we have been charged with tax evasion on €1 billion worth of income and produced an internationally acclaimed fashion show in the same week but that is exactly what former lovers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been through. The design duo are known across the world as providers of luxury Italian fashion and their resultant fame has seen their names referenced in pop songs and hollywood movies. With a client list as glamourous as the clothes produced Dolce & Gabbana's empire pulls in a revenue that edges ever closer to £1.5billion. Believe the tax evasion charges or not (the pair have appealed the ruling) the designers have spearheaded a successful business plan which is enviable in an industry where ready-to-wear is majorly loss making. 

So what of the fabric and thread that they sent down the runway for their Spring/Summer 2014 Menswear show (Consider SS13 officially dead)? This is the third season that draws upon the isle of Sicily as its primary inspiration. D&G have stated that they feel so inspired by the Italian paradise they could continue on forever, putting a proverbial sock firmly in the cynical critics mouths who claim to be bored with the Greco-Roman stimulus. Personally, while repetition of inspirational material is unusual for top level designers so long as Dolce & Gabbana continue producing such superb quality merchandise time after time, long may Sicily bear fruit.

Super slimline tailoring was shown beside Zeus-Apollo prints that appeared across shorts, wide cut tops and bomber jackets. My favourite looks from the comprehensive 76 look collection can be seen here. The sleek silhouette is a favourite figure of mine and is typical of Italian tailoring. The waist cinching jackets can be very unforgiving, so I would advise the larger man to avoid these in general. But the squared tops and shorts enhance a masculine profile and can be worn by most with relative ease. Every season Dolce & Gabbana find a unique niche with their accessories and this season I believe the notable footwear will be emulated by the likes of Zara and H&M come next year. The Roman style leather sandals and waxed canvas lace-ups completed the looks, magnificently suggestive of the Sicilian afflatus.  

Images courtesy of style.com

The models were a team of men scouted on the streets of Sicily, giving a raw element to the overall aesthetic. All I can say is if these are "non models" Sicily certainly has more to offer than lemons!

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